Romanian Tiberiu (Tibi) Uşeriu, aged 44, from Bistrita-Nasaud, has won the Arctic 6633 Ultra Marathon on the night of Thursday to Friday, for the third year in a row. The marathon held at the Polar Circle, is considered one of the toughest in the world.
The race kicked off on March 8, and Useriu managed to end it after seven days and about five hours.
He breasted the tape carrying Romania’s flag in his hands, a flag that had the logo of the Great Union Centennial this time, as Romania marks its 100th anniversary in 2018. Organizers welcomed Tibi on the sounds of Romania’s national anthem.
The edition of the ultra marathon this year also celebrated its tenth anniversary, so organizers decided to extend the routing by 30 miles (about 50 kilometers). Out of the total of 617km, about 280km were covered on the Ice Road, a frozen river. Even if temperatures were higher compared to the previous years, it was the snowfall and wind that challenged the contenders.
Initially, 23 runners joined the race, but 16 of them abandoned the competition along the way. Among those who gave up there were the other three Romanians in the competition: Levente Polgar, Florentina Iofcea and Avram Iancu.
Tibi Uşeriu has become the leader since the first day of the marathon, so he had an advance of 80km ahead Irish Paul Deasy, when he reached the winning post.
President Klaus Iohannis congratulated Tiberiu Uşeriu for his performance.
“Congratulations, Tiberiu Uşeriu, for winning the Arctic Ultra marathon! For the third time in a row, Romania’s flag ranks first in one of the toughest sports competitions in the world. Such a performance can only be achieved by determination and sacrifices, and Tiberiu Ușeriu has proved again that he is a winner,” the President posted on Facebook.